In 2020, there were 88 people who died as a result of drug use in County Durham.
Any person who dies due to drug use is one person too many.
Sadly, though, many people are not able to conquer addiction.
This is especially the case where treatment isn’t sought.
This conflict of outlook and desires can create a huge strain.
Even with a dedicated intervention, family members find themselves repeating the same conversations and arguments where they go round in circles.
The situation is frustrating and can become very upsetting for those who want to help their loved ones but feel totally powerless.
In this type of situation, the CRAFT intervention is an excellent approach that offers a healthy and effective structure to families.
CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training.
It aims to make life more pleasant and easier for those who love and care for their addicted person.
It also supports the person themselves to reduce addictive habits, and finally to move the person constructively towards accessing treatment.
Wherever your loved one is in the addiction cycle, there are actions you can take to create positive boundaries and to inspire healthier behaviours that head towards a healthy future.
If you’re unsure whether you have an addiction, there are four questions you can ask yourself.
To give yourself the best chance of recovery, it’s important to be both completely honest and self-compassionate.
If your answers to any of these are “yes”, it suggests that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Now is the time to be kind to yourself.
For change to happen, looking after yourself in a healthy way becomes a new type of kindness to focus your life around.
To stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in County Durham will vary in price according to which clinic you go to, the level of luxury, what treatments are offered and how long you stay.
However, as a general guide, in the UK on average, it costs around £14,000 for a 4 week stay.
This is an average meaning that some clinics might charge £1000 for a week, whereas another might cost £10,000.
It’s worth doing your research to find out what clinics in County Durham offer and to do a price comparison.
Rehab 4 Addiction can support you in making this comparison.
In order to pay for rehab, some people opt to go through their health insurance.
Many policies cover the cost of addiction rehab.
If your document doesn’t specifically mention addiction, it’s worth calling the provider and asking if addiction is covered under mental health treatment.
It’s important to bear in mind that if you fund a rehab stay through your private health insurance, your premium will increase.
If you opt to go to rehab through employee health insurance offered through your place of work, then it’s likely that you’ll be obligated to make this known to your employer.
People who come from low-income backgrounds are able to access NHS funding to enter a private clinic.
However, in order to be granted the money you need to meet certain criteria.
For instance, you’ll need to prove how much you want to overcome your addiction and recover.
A huge part of this will be demonstrating that you’re actively involved with drug and alcohol services.
You’ll need to show you’re doing everything that you and your keyworker have discussed to support your recovery.
After having spent time on and being dedicated to the healing journey, you’ll then have to complete an application to the local council who will provide funding.
At this point, they’ll decide out of many applications who will gain the very limited funding they have.
Sadly, this is why many applicants aren’t able to get NHS funding; because of the number of applications far outweighs the money available.
There are three main types of residential when people go to rehab.
There are those that include just detox, those that cover detox and therapies, and those that just cover therapies.
The substance you’re addicted to and the severity of your addiction will influence what treatments are needed and how long you stay.
Where people have a detox and therapies, or just therapies, then the residential usually lasts for 28 days.
There are two types of treatment services for addiction:private clinics or NHS-funded services.
Private clinics are where people go to stay as a resident for a certain period of time.
They’ll be given a tailored programme especially to suit their treatment needs.
There are clinical staff, psychotherapists, counsellors, holistic therapists, and drug and alcohol workers running the various activities.
Private clinics offer a fully comprehensive plan to ensure you become sober in as safe an environment as possible.
You’ll have a private or shared bedroom and nutritious meals every day.
Government-funded services tend to be run in the centre of local towns and cities.
They’re open to all members of the public living with addiction.
There are various activities run every week which people are invited to attend.
Attendees do not stay at the clinic during this process, instead returning home every day.
Drug and alcohol workers will be on-hand offer direct support.
When you enter a drug and alcohol rehab in County Durham to stay for a period of time, you’ll experience inpatient services.
Upon leaving the rehab clinic, you’d then become an outpatient.
Where this happens, you’d be living at home but return for some aftercare support where appropriate.
Government-funded services only provide outpatient services.
Lots of people begin drinking alcohol in a casual or social way.
However, there are certain factors that can turn this into an addiction.
When this happens, a physical dependency can develop.
A dependency is dangerous because when a person stops drinking, their body will then begin to shut down.
This is because the organs have come to rely on alcohol in order to work “normally”.
Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are:
If you’re dependent on alcohol, you’ll need a medically overseen detox in order to come off the drink.
A doctor at a private clinic will prescribe you Librium in order to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce health risks.
Medication is given in a tapered way and lasts up to 10 days.
At the end of the detox, it’s highly recommended that you remain for another 3 weeks in order to begin the healing of the mind.
For people addicted to heroin, a 7-10 day detox is recommended followed by 3 weeks of psychological and alternative therapies as well as group work.
Heroin is a substance that causes both physicaldependency and psychological addiction.
As such, recovery treatments need to address both.
The withdrawal symptoms from heroin are:
The detox includes a Subutex-based treatment where patients are weaned off heroin across the 10 day period.
They’ll be supported by staff through the difficult physical and psychological symptoms that arrive.
After detoxing, residents are encouraged to complete 3 weeks of work focused on what has led to the addiction and what you can do to overcome it.
This is a time for learning deep self-awareness and being ready to adapt lifestyle patterns.
If you have a cocaine or crack problem, you’ll be treated by specialists when you enter a drug and alcohol rehab in County Durham.
Cocaine has become more popular in recent years due to its wider availability and increasing strength.
For a person addicted to it, cocaine is incrediblydangerous.
Cocaine use introduces toxins to the body.
When these build-up, it damages the organs leading to serious illnesses.
Some of the most common long-term effects of cocaine abuse include:
Many people will also experience anxiety and depression with cocaine addiction.
Treatments for cocaine use tend to focus on psychological healing.
Patients learn strategies that make it easier to control reactions to triggers.
You’ll also participate in alternative therapies in order to find a new space of inner solitude.
Throughout the UK thousands of people smoke weed every day for a whole host of reasons.
It could be that it’s a social activity shared with friends, or it could be that some people use it to ease chronic pain.
Many people don’t see it as a “serious” addiction, but actually it is.
Many people lose motivation to take an active part in hobbies and interests.
There are those who become seriously anxious and paranoid.
People can also develop psychosis and schizophrenia linked to cannabis use.
All of these issues are destructive.
This isn’t to mention the physical effects of the toxins in cannabis if people smoke it.
Therapies at rehab support a person to learn where the urge to use cannabis comes from.
You’ll unravel events from the past as well as reflecting on how your current living situation affects your use.
With the support of workers, you’ll also start to develop a healthy plan for the future to keep you focused on recovery.
When you enter rehab, you’ll have a psychiatric assessment.
Every resident has this.
This is so that the staff fully understand you and your addiction, in order to make sure you receive the treatments you need.
The assessment might reveal that you have a mental health condition.
It could come as a surprise or you might have already guessed this.
Either way, it is not uncommon.
Mental health conditions and addiction are inextricably linked. They can arrive from the following:
Residents who are given a dual diagnosis will thereafter receive support for both conditions.
When this happens, there is a much higher chance of the person becoming and remaining sober.
People who choose to go to rehab will stay for a length of time and then return home.
Returning home can be the source of worry for some as this is the time when they could be faced with old triggers.
While at rehab, you’ll develop an aftercare plan which focuses on supporting you to remain sober.
Relapse prevention will be addressed.
With a member of staff, you’ll start to clearly identify the people, places, and things that make you more likely to use alcohol and drugs.
You’ll discuss how to avoid and manage these triggers.
Together you’ll create a list of actions you can turn to when you’re faced with a craving.
Along with this, you’ll also receive outpatient services for 12 months after your stay.
There are various types of support you can access once you leave rehab.
These will be useful for your personal and social recovery.
Some of these services and organisations also offer support to your family members.
To learn about drug and alcohol rehab options in County Durham, reach out to us today on 0800 140 4690.
We are here to help you take those vital first steps on the road to recovery
Our service is entirely free and utterly without judgement.
No matter how severe your addiction is, help is always just a call away.